The 32-year-old helped La Roja to their first Euro 2020 victory in his first appearance on Wednesday
Sergio Busquets was in tears after helping Spain defeat Slovakia 5-0 on Wednesday in his first match back after recovering from Covid-19.
The midfielder tested positive earlier this month and was forced to quarantine and missed both of Spain’s first two Euro 2020 matches.
Busquets returned on a route over Slovakia and in the process was named UEFA’s star in the match.
What was said?
“I had a really bad time with 10 days at home,” said an emotional Busquets. “I did not know if I could come back. Now I’m ready for anything.
“We did not play as we wanted [in the first two games] and today was a boost for everyone. We did not rely on ourselves to finish first, but it will definitely give us strength.
“This is a big boost for all of us, for the players and for the supporters. I think we all needed this. We went out on fire from the start. We missed the penalty, but we kept going and the goals came.”
What’s next for Spain?
After drawing their first two matches in the tournament against Sweden and Poland, Roja left their place in the last 16 with an emphatic victory over Slovakia.
As second place in Group E, Spain will face Croatia on Monday, after the World Cup came in second place in Group D.
Speaking about meeting Croatia, Busquets said: “They are the World Cup, a very difficult opponent.
“We know their players and their captain (Luka Modric) a lot.
“We have to continue in this direction. In a game we are very difficult to beat, we have confidence.”